Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 4, 2023
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Monday February 6 Trading announcement: Darktrace Economic announcements: PMI Construction, Halifax House Price Index Tuesday February 7 Finals: BP, Kosmos Energy, React Group Interims: Genus, Mattioli Woods, Alumasc Group, Feedback Trading announcements: SSE, Syncona Economic announcement: Retail Sales Wednesday February 8 Finals: Hardide, Smurfit Kappa Group Interims: Ashmore Group,...

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The LAST WORD: Fiona O’Kane, head of Bristol office, Womble Bond Dickinson

February 3, 2023
The LAST WORD: Fiona O’Kane, head of Bristol office, Womble Bond Dickinson

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Fiona O’Kane, a partner and head of international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson’s Bristol office, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:  Film you watched: The Banshees of Inisherin....

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City centre office market bounces back as creative and tech firms engage in race for prime space

February 3, 2023
City centre office market bounces back as creative and tech firms engage in race for prime space

Bristol’s buoyant tech and creative sectors are helping the city’s office market recover from the impact of the pandemic – with headline rents ahead of other major regional cities, including Birmingham and Manchester, according to new research. The tech, media and telecoms sector, along with professional services and co-working...

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Takeover puts specialist insurance group on course to double in size over three years

February 3, 2023
Takeover puts specialist insurance group on course to double in size over three years

Bristol insurance specialist the Hayes Parsons Group has strengthened its position in the market with the acquisition of professional indemnity insurance broker Ntegrity Insurance Solutions. Based in Hambrook on Bristol’s outskirts and established in 2007, Ntegrity is a specialist professional indemnity insurance broker.  Hayes Parsons, one of the UK’s...

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Funding for Bristol scheme aiming to plant trees on disused corporate land in war against climate change

February 3, 2023
Funding for Bristol scheme aiming to plant trees on disused corporate land in war against climate change

A tech platform set up by a Bristol social enterprise to link community tree-planting groups with businesses that have unused land has secured funding to help it grow into a national operation. Called Project Vana, the platform has been devised by TISCreport, a business set up in in 2016...

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Another deal for fledgling Bristol military aircraft firm as it spreads its wings into new markets

February 3, 2023
Another deal for fledgling Bristol military aircraft firm as it spreads its wings into new markets

Bristol-based specialist aircraft firm AERALIS, which aims to develop the first fully British military jet since the 1970s, is to work with aircraft leasing consortium AirTanker to drive down the costs of air support services for air forces across the world. The two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)...

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Yeo Valley looks to take bigger bite of fast-growing UK snack market with help from Clarke Willmott

February 3, 2023
Yeo Valley looks to take bigger bite of fast-growing UK snack market with help from Clarke Willmott

The corporate team from the Bristol office of national law firm Clarke Willmott has advised on a deal aimed at shaking up the UK snacks sector. It worked with the venture fund of Blagdon-based organic dairy business Yeo Valley on its “significant contribution” to the acquisition of UK snacks...

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Recognition for key Bristol legal figures in nominations for Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards

February 3, 2023
Recognition for key Bristol legal figures in nominations for Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT, the leader of its future energy and real estate team and rival Burges Salmon’s corporate responsibility head have been nominated in an awards scheme that focuses on leadership in driving forward the diversity and equality agenda. TLT, which employs round 1,200 people across its...

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TechSPARK to get new, clearer identity after linking up with Bristol branding experts Firehaus

February 3, 2023
TechSPARK to get new, clearer identity after linking up with Bristol branding experts Firehaus

Bristol brand consultancy Firehaus has been appointed by techSPARK, the community for the West of England’s tech, to develop a clearer brand purpose and positioning for it.  TechSPARK, which like Firehaus is based in Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, works with tech and digital businesses from start-ups to scale-ups, small...

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